As you will see later on, the year of sport amongst UK and European bookmakers was taken over by the achievements of one man, who finally capped off a wonderful career with the elusive triumph that had evaded him all along.
First, we begin with a sport that saw its fair share of sex, and rock and roll this year, golf. The Royal and Ancient and committee at Augusta might not have approved of his actions, but the porn actresses Tiger Woods was bedding would definitely have turned heads on both sides of the Atlantic. Out on the course was where it was really happening though, and one man in particular proved that the Europeans are a force in world golf.
Graeme McDowell, with his hybrid American/Northern Irish accent, won a major and then sunk the putt that won the Ryder Cup for the European Team.
“What a year 2010 was for Graeme McDowell, not only did he become the first Irishman to win the US Open, but he also sank the putt that ultimately won the Ryder Cup for Europe at Celtic Manor,” Leon Blanche, Boylesports explained.
Away from golf, who could forget the dramatic twists and turns of the Formula 1 season, as Skybet spokesperson Helen Jacob explained.
“Our F1 compiler’s standout moment of the year was at the German GP when Massa moved over to Let Alonso win. ““OK, so, Fernando is faster than you. Can you confirm you understood that message?” If Felipe Massa didn’t understand what Rob Smedley said that say, the rest of the world certainly did, in what could have been a season deciding moment. It didn’t turn out that way as Alonso lost the title on the last day of the season, but those that had backed Alonso at 5/1 that day wont have been complaining!”
Most people in the UK didn’t really pay much attention to it until one point, but the Winter Olympics that took place in Vancouver sprang into life for the English when we achieved a very rare feat – a medal. When you consider that it was gold one, it makes it all the more impressive.
Jacob continued: “Amy Williams’ spine tingling victory in the skeleton earned Britain its first individual gold at the Winter Games since figure skater Robin Cousins 30 years ago and making Williams the first British woman for 58 years to win an individual Winter Olympics gold medal. What made it all the more amazing was that she trains on a concrete slope in Bath!”
Football was a graveyard internationally for the home nations, as England were a complete failure at the summer’s World Cup, but above all else it was an incredibly frustrating tournament for England fans due to one thing.
“(Frank) Lampard scored a valid goal in the 39th minute that would have brought England level and it could have changed the course of the game, once again highlighting the need for goal line technology,” said Skybet’s Jacob
To find out what the bookies moment of the year was check back later, and in the meantime cook up some suggestions of how to overthrow Sepp Blatter’s FIFA regime.